Mission: To help bridge the opportunity gap among underserved students by providing programs designed to improve academic performance, health and wellness, self-confidence, character, and attitudes for success in life.
About the organization: Founded in 1992, New York Edge (formerly Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation) is one of the largest providers of school-based afterschool programs in New York City and the metropolitan region, offering programs before or after the school day year-round (including Saturdays, over the summer, and holiday periods) that collectively serve nearly forty thousand K-12 students at more than a hundred sites, mostly in underserved neighborhoods. Academic instruction comprises more than 50 percent of New York Edge programs, including literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) subjects, as well as visual and performing arts, sports, leadership, civic/service learning, while Pathways to Success programs that prepare middle school students for high school and high school students for college.
Current programs: New York Edge's flagship program, Champions Clubs, provides elementary school students with intensive three-hour rotation of homework assistance, literacy, sports, and arts activities, as well as summer camps, and offers middle school students a holistic menu of activities for each season, a Early College Awareness program for building a college-going culture among seventh-grade students, and the Middle School Today, High School Tomorrow (MSTHST) program, which provides families with tools, academic advisement, specialized test preparation, and workshops and guidance through the high school application process. Programs for high school students begin with a Summer Academy designed to prepare freshmen for the rigors of high school, followed by the High School Today, College Tomorrow (HSTCT) program, which tracks and supports students in their academic and emotional development and helps them design Individual Educational Plans to prepare for college admission, scholarships, financial aid, and any barriers to graduation. Taking a comprehensive, project-based learning approach to helping students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, New York Edge offers subject-based tutoring, SAT and Regents test prep, trips to colleges and cultural institutions, STEAM activities, sports leagues and tournaments, leadership development, social-emotional counseling, and health and wellness support.
COVID-19 response: New York Edge provides COVID-related information and resources for parents on its website, including learning resources, arts activities, and resources for talking with children about racial justice, and information about staying healthy and safe and applying for government assistance.
Website: Visitors to the New York Edge site can learn more about the organization's programs and search for a program near them by school, address, borough, and/or grade level and/or find out how to enroll in programs for the 2020-21 school year. They also can see highlights and stories about programs or get involved by making a donation, volunteering, or joining the Young Professionals Council, which offers networking and social events, fundraising initiatives, volunteer efforts, advocacy work, and training to become future board members.
Funding: New York Edge is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, and New York City government agencies.